Research from a humanist perspective has much to offer in interrogating the social and cultural ramifications of invasion ecologies. The impossibility of securing national boundaries against accidental transfer and the unpredictable climatic changes of our time have introduced new dimensions and hazards to this old issue. Written by a team of international scholars, this book allows us to rethink the impact on national, regional or local ecologies of the deliberate or accidental introduction of foreign species, plant and animal. Modern environmental approaches that treat nature with naïve realism or mobilize it as a moral absolute, unaware or unwilling to accept that it is informed by specific cultural and temporal values, are doomed to fail. Instead, this book shows that we need to understand the complex interactions of ecologies and societies in the past, present and future over the Anthropocene, in order to address problems of the global environmental crisis. It demonstrates how humanistic methods and disciplines can be used to bring fresh clarity and perspective on this long vexed aspect of environmental thought and practice.

Students and researchers in environmental studies, invasion ecology, conservation biology, environmental ethics, environmental history and environmental policy will welcome this major contribution to environmental humanities.

part I|14 pages

Setting the scene

chapter 1|12 pages

Invasion Ecologies

The nature/culture challenge

part II|69 pages

Invasion and the Anthropocene

chapter 2|14 pages

Back Story

Migration, assimilation and invasion in the nineteenth century 1

chapter 3|14 pages

Fragments for a Postcolonial Critique of the Anthropocene

Invasion biology and environmental security

chapter 4|19 pages

Resilience in the Anthropocene

A biography

chapter 5|20 pages

Landscapes of the Anthropocene

From dominion to dependence?

part III|50 pages

Everyday life in invasion ecologies

chapter 6|13 pages

Living in a Weedy Future

Insights from the garden

chapter 7|16 pages

Experiments in the Rangelands

White bodies and native invaders

chapter 8|19 pages

Thorny Problems

Industrial pastoralism and managing ‘country' in northwest Queensland

part IV|43 pages

Ecological politics of imagining otherwise

chapter 9|12 pages

Prickly Pears and Martian Weeds

Ecological invasion narratives in history and fiction

chapter 10|17 pages

Cane Toads

Animality and ecology in Mark Lewis's documentary films

chapter 11|12 pages

Wolvogs, Pigoons and Crakers

Invasion of the bodysplices in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake

part V|77 pages

Unruly natives and exotics

chapter 12|15 pages

Invasion Ontologies

Venom, visibility and the imagined histories of arthropods

chapter 13|19 pages

Naturalising Australian Trees in South Africa

Climate, exotics and experimentation

chapter 14|24 pages

Remaking Wetlands

Rice fields and ducks in the Murrumbidgee River region, NSW

chapter 15|17 pages

Invasion of the Crocodiles